• Özlem Özkan


How did you wake up?

To the sounds of the birds, the voice of your neighbours or no sound at all?

Or did you reach your hand to that snooze button? The first, second or third time..

Remember an early morning on your vacation.

There was a morning routine created without creating one.

You took a deep breath and were grateful for the day. You gave your loved one a kiss. Maybe you read a couple of pages of a novel. You were staring from the window and didn’t think of anything. You put those running shoes on and went for a run or a hike. On top of that you didn’t have the time to rush. You were experiencing flow.

After all, you were the person who reached out to that snooze button and maybe put yourself in a state of “I don’t want to wake up and go through the day”; however, you are also that person who was experiencing flow.

Now you get few options.

  1. My circumstances decide how I feel.

  2. Regardless of my circumstances I decide how I feel.

  3. ………………………………………………………..

You decide!

  • Özlem Özkan


If you want to learn to use the right leverage at the right time watch trees.

Sometimes we are too busy doing.

Trying to achieve that goal.

Forcing things to happen.

Getting upset if we don't reach that deadline.

Watch the trees, they let go of their leaves exactly at the right time. Their leaves come back exactly at the right time.

There is nothing wrong about setting goals and intentions. Yet, do it deliberately and use your intuition as your guide.

Practice when to push and when to pull.

If you get out of balance, simply watch a tree and get back at it. Through consistent practice you start developing the wisdom to use the right leverage at the right time.

And by the way, the same applies to your goals and intentions.

Consistency is the magic stick!

Happy goal and intention setting!

  • Özlem Özkan


The late Mark Twain said “There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.” What does this really mean? Does it mean that you have to prevent yourself from situations of bickerings, apologies and heartburnings? Denying a mistake or a time you have hurt someone’s heart? No! It means, regardless of all bickerings, apologies and heartburnings creating space to love. During an apology, removing fear and adding a little bit of love.

During heartburnings, showing yourself and others love through compassion.

During bickerings, holding a space for someone that needs to be loved. So brief is life, there is only time for loving. Lovely New Year!